|Publication number||US6280346 B1|
|Application number||US 09/534,640|
|Publication date||Aug 28, 2001|
|Filing date||Mar 27, 2000|
|Priority date||Jul 2, 1997|
|Also published as||US6048275|
|Publication number||09534640, 534640, US 6280346 B1, US 6280346B1, US-B1-6280346, US6280346 B1, US6280346B1|
|Inventors||Robert J. Gedeon|
|Original Assignee||Robert J. Gedeon|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (30), Referenced by (8), Classifications (16), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a divisional of U.S. Ser. No. 09/263,559 filed Mar. 8, 1999 entitled GOLF PUTTER now U.S. Pat. No. 6,048,275 which was a continuation of U.S. Ser. No. 08/886,431, filed on Jul. 2, 1997 entitled GOLF PUTTER now abandoned.
1. Technical Field
This invention relates to a golf putter, and more specifically to a golf putter with a mallet head, a shaft covered over most of its length with a tapering grip, and a goose-neck juncture between the head and the shaft.
2. Prior Art
Among the various clubs used by a golfer playing a round of golf is the putter, most often used on the green to cause the ball to roll to the cup. The putter has a face for striking the ball that is substantially perpendicular to the ground so that the ball when stroked will roll and not be elevated into the air, as is the case with a chip shot made with a club that has a face at a greater angle from perpendicular. Some putter designs have been made where the face is not precisely at 90 degrees to the ground, but rather is a few degrees +/− from 90 degrees so as to provide top spin or, alternatively, to provide a slight elevation to the ball. Regardless of this feature a putter is a very important and necessary club for every golfer to own.
There are a variety of designs including shape, material of construction, grip, markings on the club head and most importantly, weight to appeal to the taste of every golfer. One popular style is a mallet head, which as the name implies, resembles a portion of a mallet (such as a croquet mallet or a carpenter's mallet). Generally a mallet head putter has come to include a variety of shapes, quite frequently any bulbous shape, such as an apple or a potato, that has been cut by two intersecting planes to provide a flat sole and a flat face. The putter of this invention is a mallet head type, with the principal features distinguishing it from any known in the past. These principal features include the design of the shaft and grip, and the design of the connecting portions of the head and the shaft.
It is an object of this invention to provide a novel golf putter. It is another object of this invention to provide a novel mallet head putter having a long grip with at least one flat side and a gooseneck junction joining the head to the shaft. Still other objects will become apparent from the more detailed description which follows.
This invention relates to a golf putter having a bulbous mallet head with a flat sole and a flat face intersecting at an acute angle, and a cylindrical shaft having its lower end inserted into an internal horizontal recess having an entryway at the back side of the head; the shaft being covered over substantially all of its length with a grip having a larger cross-section at its upper end and reducing along its tapered length.
In specific and preferred embodiments the shaft is tilted away from the vertical in the general plane of the face of the head at an angle of 10 degrees to 15 degrees from a position perpendicular to the sole. In another specific and preferred embodiment the recess in the head for receiving the lower end of the shaft has an axis parallel to the sole at a distance above the lower surface of the sole that approximates the radius of a golf ball i.e., 0.8 to 1.2 inches. Another specific and preferred embodiment is found in the grip that covers the shaft. The grip extends substantially the full straight length of the shaft. At its lower end the shaft enters a hosel bent into a gooseneck shape to join the horizontal recess in the head to the generally vertical shaft. The grip is a long thin tapering shape having at least one flat side at any location along its length. This permits the putter to be used in a “side-saddle” position facing the hole or the more common position facing transverse to the putting line.
The novel features believed to be characteristic of this invention are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, both as to its organization and method of operation, together with further objects and advantages thereof, may best be understood by reference to the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a top plan view of the head of the putter of this invention;
FIG. 2 is a side elevational view of the putter head of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a bottom plan view of the putter head of FIG. 1 showing the sole of the head;
FIG. 4 is a front elevational view of the putter head of FIG. 1 showing the face of the putter;
FIG. 5 is a rear elevational view of the putter head of FIG. 1;
FIG. 6 is a small scale view similar to FIG. 4 showing the position of the shaft;
FIG. 7 is a small scale view similar to FIG. 2 showing the position of the shaft;
FIG. 8 is a front elevational view like that of FIG. 4 showing the entire club; and
FIG. 9 is a side elevational view like that of FIG. 2 showing the entire club.
The invention is best understood by reference to the accompanying drawings wherein the same reference number is employed in different drawings to indicate the same feature.
The golf putter of this invention has some of the same general parts as do most other putters; namely a shaft, a hosel, a head, and a grip. In the drawings of this invention the head 11 is attached to a lower portion of the shaft through a gooseneck portion 15 and all the remainder of the shaft is a straight portion 17. The shaft 17 is covered from its upper end 16 to just above the gooseneck portion 15 with a grip or cover 18 of a rubberized material. The shaft 15, 16, 17 is a tube or a rod of any stiff lightweight material, e.g., metal, in the form of steel or aluminum or composite composition, e.g., graphite, glass fiber, carbon fiber, or the like.
The head is of a design frequently referred to in the golfing world as a mallet head. It is a bulbous article, rounded on all but two sides which are planar or almost planar. These two sides are a face 12 and a bottom covered by a sole 13. These two sides or surface intersect in a straight line, if both surfaces are planar. In some designs the sole 13 is convexly or concavely curved very slightly away from planar, but for the purposes of this description it will be understood that sole 13 will be described as planar which is intended to include the very slightly curved convex or concave sole. The bottom face of the head is covered with a flat sole 13, frequently made of brass. The bulbous head is preferably an injection-molded graphite composition, but may be made of metal or other solid materials. Furthermore, it is important to be able to add weight to the head so that any head may be balanced to suit the preferences of any golfer. Thus golf heads contain weight ports or recesses 27 to receive weight adjusting materials, such as slugs 28 or powder of lead or other heavy material. Also, weight adjustment may be accomplished by using different lengths of screws to the head rather than providing slug recesses. Generally these recesses are openable by removing one or more screw covers or screws 19 or 20 in sole 13. Preferably, the plane of the flat face 12 and the plane of flat sole 13 intersect at an angle of 85 to 89 degrees.
The remaining feature of the golf putter head of this invention is the recess 14 and slot 24. The lower end of shaft 15 is a gooseneck shaped hosel with the terminal portion of gooseneck portion 15 being a horizontal portion 26 that is a continuation of the shaft. That portion 26 fits tightly into recess 14 in head 11. In order to provide a rigid immovable connection, horizontal portion 26 is cemented into recess 14 by means of an epoxy cement or other top quality cement that will produce the rigid immovable joint. This joint may also be fastened with a pin to insure stability. Adjoining recess 14 is a cutaway slotted portion 24 of head 11 which is needed to assemble gooseneck portion 15 into head 11 and specifically into recess 14.
In FIGS. 8 and 9 the assembled golf putter may be seen. Grip 18 may be seen to extend over substantially the entire length of the straight portion 17 of the shaft. The lower part of the grip 18 is only used when the golfer crouches close to the ground or bends low over the ball in using the club. This can happen when the golfer putts by facing toward the hole holding the club with one hand close to head 11 and the other midway or higher along the shaft (the so-called “sidesaddle” putt). Still another position is taken when the golfer stands facing perpendicular to the line of the putt, and bends over the ball and the club until the top of the shaft touches the golfer's chest with one hand low on the grip 18 and the other hand at the top of grip 18. This putter can also be used as other putters are used with both hands generally close together in the upper portion of the grip 18, while the golfer faces perpendicular to the line of the putt.
It may be seen that the grip has at least one flat side and is preferably square in cross-sectional shape, although other shapes may be useful, e.g., rectangular, oval, round, trapezoidal, or the like. The shape is constant over the entire length of the shaft although the size tapers from larger at the upper end to smaller at the lower end. The grip may be made of any of several materials useful for golf club grips, including elastomeric compositions, artificial leather compositions, rubberized fabric compositions, leather-coated materials, etc. If only a single flat side of the grip is provided, the location thereof would be in a plane substantially parallel to the plane of face 12 of the head 11.
It may be seen that the putter as shown in FIG. 8 is approximately 11 degrees from perpendicular to the ground, and shows arrows 25 pointing both to the right and to the left. Most golfers putting sidesaddle or standing upright to putt while facing across the line of the putt prefer to have the shaft tilt at a small angle, between 10 and 15 degrees, from the vertical axis 25 in the general plane of the face 12. Some may prefer a shaft tilt away from the face and toward the golfer's body, so as to have a more comfortable stance in swinging the putter to and from the ball. Right-handed putters will want the tilt of the shaft to be in the direction of arrow 25A and left-handed putters will want the tilt to be in the direction of arrow 25B, as seen in FIG. 8. These adjustments may be made by the club manufacturer or any club repair person who knows how to break the bond of epoxy cement and how to readjust the tilt angle and re-cement the shaft to the head. Of course, if the golfer needs to have the club in compliance with, for example, USGA Rules, some of golfer preferences may not be adopted.
While the invention has been described with respect to certain specific embodiments, it will be appreciated that many modifications and changes may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the invention. It is intended, therefore, by the appended claims to cover all such modifications and changes as fall within the true spirit and scope of the invention.
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|U.S. Classification||473/293, 473/316, 473/313, 473/300|
|International Classification||A63B53/00, A63B53/02, A63B53/04, A63B53/14|
|Cooperative Classification||A63B53/14, A63B53/007, A63B2053/0491, A63B53/02, A63B53/0487|
|European Classification||A63B53/14, A63B53/04P, A63B53/00P|
|Sep 28, 2004||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Mar 9, 2009||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Aug 28, 2009||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Oct 20, 2009||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20090828